Nelson Mandela was incarcerated on Robben Island for 18 of his 27 years in prison. During this time, he contracted tuberculosis and, as a black political prisoner, received the lowest level of treatment from prison workers. In 1990, Mandela was released and immediately urged foreign powers not to reduce pressure on the South African government for constitutional reform.
Here are some of Mandela's most poignant quotations.
"I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances."
"I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended."
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."
"If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner."
"Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished."
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